Arizona Land Use Attorney
There is a certain freedom to being a property owner, but you’re not free to do what you want with your property. This is due to government oversight on property uses. It’s important for property owners to be aware of what the zoning and land use restrictions are before attempting to perform major work on the property or using it for a purpose that goes against zoning laws. If you are facing a land use or zoning issue and you live in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area, an Arizona land use attorney will be able to help you.
Helping You Understand Zoning Laws And Regulations
Zoning laws and ordinances restrict the uses for pieces of property. For example, property can be zoned for business which means it can’t be used for residential and vice versa. Some municipalities have very strict zoning laws that can regulate everything from fence height to which pets property owners can have on the property.
A property owner who wishes to use their property in a way that isn’t consistent with their community’s zoning laws can apply for a “variance.” the local zoning authority makes the decision as to whether or not to approve a variance. The variance is usually approved when the property use doesn’t change the overall character of the property. For example, a variance to allow a small retail store to open in a residential neighborhood might be granted if there is another similar property in the neighborhood already being used in such a way. The zoning authority will look at such things as traffic impact to ensure approval wouldn’t disrupt the neighborhood.
Navigating The Complexities Of Zoning Laws
Zoning is a highly complicated area of the law because it is subject to so many technical rules and practices. Not complying with the rules could delay or even dismiss a variance application, which can result in substantial loss of money and time. Before applying for a variance, it is best to talk to an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance on the matter.
Nonetheless, even the receipt of a variance doesn’t mean that anything you want can be done with the property. Zoning is just a part of the big pictures. This falls into the area of land use, which is affected by environmental restrictions and even the size of the structure being built on the property. With legal guidance, you can navigate these complex issues more efficiently, which will help you make more effective plans for the property..
Contact An Arizona Land Use Attorney
If you are facing a land use or zoning issue, it’s important to have an experienced property law attorney in your corner to help you navigate the situation. To learn more about your rights and options, call Myles Schneider & Associates, LTD at 602-926-7373 and request a free consultation.